Edmonton, Alberta – The Edmonton Police Service has apprehended a male in his 20s in relation to a string of arsons over the last few days in southwest Edmonton.
On Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016 at approximately 7:45 a.m., southwest patrol officers were called to an alley north of 109 Street and 51 Avenue on the report of a fire. When officers arrived, they located remnants of a small structure fire.
The next day, on Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, at approximately 6 a.m., police were called to the same area where they located a jeep that had been set on fire.
Shortly thereafter, at approximately 7:30 a.m., officers located a motorhome engulfed in flames in the alley.
Today, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, at approximately 3 a.m., police were once again called to the same alley where they located garbage and a fence that had been set on fire.
Later in the morning, around 8 a.m., southwest officers were proactively patrolling the area where the suspected arsons had taken place, when they spotted a pile of wood and shed on fire.
When officers approached the scene they witnessed a suspicious male leaving the area on foot. After further investigation, the male was apprehended without incident and taken into custody.
Charges are pending against the 23-year-old male, who is believed to be responsible for all five arsons in the area.
The EPS Arson Unit continues to investigate.
Anyone who has information about this incident is asked to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm.
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